Bundled together for B&H for your convenience, the Zoom H5 Podcasting Kit provides essential elements for recording podcasts—particularly, podcasts that take remote phone calls as guests.
The included Zoom H5 is a venerated industry-standard recorder for podcasts, and the included Samson Q2U is a handheld dynamic microphone capable of capturing quality vocals. Plug the Q2U into channel one of the H5 with the provided XLR cable. Next, plug the provided headphones into the H5's 3.5mm headphone-output jack, and you're ready to start podcasting.
But the Samson Q2U has a trick up its sleeve: A USB port that works simultaneously with the XLR output. Why does this matter? For recording phone calls over Skype and other VOIP software. Often, recording a call is challenging for the solo podcaster; guests sometimes hear echoes of their own voices due to how you're recording, and that's very disorienting.
Here's how you solve that problem with this kit: Keep the Q2U plugged into the Zoom with the XLR cable. Next, route the mic to your computer with the provided USB cable. Setup your VOIP software to receive audio from your mic (this changes depending on the computer and the operating system). Now, use the included 3.5mm cable to plug your computer's headphone output into the 3.5mm line input on the Zoom H5.
Set up the H5 to record audio from your XLR mic and the line input, and you're good to go. You'll capture your mic and your guest's phone call on two separate tracks, and your guests won't hear themselves echoing on their own line.
Zoom H5 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Interchangeable X/Y Mic Capsule
Ideal for documentaries, podcasting, audio for video, and professional sound design, the Zoom H5 portable handheld recorder lets you quickly record up to four input signals regardless of your audio experience. With a swappable stereo microphone capsule, versatile 2-channel inputs, and up to 4-track recording, the H5 is both user-friendly and easily expandable.Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H4n Pro and H6, you can hold it in your hand, attach it to a mic stand or tripod, or mount it to a camera (shoe mount available separately); the H5 packs an impressive array of features into a rugged, rubberized body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of musicians, videographers, sound designers, content creators, and news shooters. From the plentiful battery life to the powerful audio processing functions, the H5 is well equipped to handle anything from tracking live performances and podcasts to recording interviews, dialogue, and sound effects. It can supply phantom or plug-in power for condenser mics, or accept direct connections from synths, keyboards, drum machines, or +4 dB line-level mixers. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and pre-recording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take, and stereo safety track recording provides duplicate tracks at a lower level to avoid distortion.
Fast, User-Friendly Operability
Instant Access to Gain Adjustments
Interchangeable Stereo Microphone Capsule
Supports Interchangeable Zoom Mic Capsules
2-Channel Microphone/Line Inputs
If you happen to setup external microphones in a mid-side configuration, the integrated MS decoder allows adjustment to the perceived width of the stereo image, which is beneficial for sound design, broadcasting, or general stereo-to-mono compatibility.
Record up to 4 Channels Live or Overdub Layers
SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Alternatively, use the H5 as a 4-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 24-bit / 48 kHz. For audio interface operation with an iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required and available separately), select USB Stereo mode, which offers two channels in and out at up to 16-bit / 48 kHz. The USB port also enables fast file transfer and firmware updates.
3.5mm Outputs for Simultaneous Hookup to a Camera and Headphones
Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter
Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
There's an onboard metronome and tuner, and you can loop playback and adjust pitch and speed independently, making the H5 an ideal tool for phrase training.
Special Recording Functions
Backup record enables the H5 to automatically record a duplicate set of stereo tracks with 12 dB less input gain. Even if your original track is distorted, chances are the backup version will be fine!
Supports External Remote Control
Includes Audio Software
Samson Q2U Recording & Podcasting Pack (Gray)
If you need one mic to handle anything from lead vocals on the stage to podcast recording without the cumbersome audio interface, the Samson Q2U will come in handy, doing so in an all-inclusive package at a cost-effective price. Styled in here in gray, the Q2U consists of a handheld dynamic microphone, a desktop tripod mic stand (with extension tube), a mic clip, a foam windscreen, a USB cable for digital recording, and an XLR cable for analog connections.
You probably see the potential: if you want to travel to the gig with your own microphone, the Q2U will let you do that, plugging into the house PA's XLR input without fuss. If you want to take the mic to a buddy's house for a conversational podcast, again, this is all possible with the Q2U. And finally, whenever you want to rant on your own a la Bill Burr or Mark Maron, setting up your podcast is as easy as plugging the mic into your computer over USB.
Fits Your Needs
Handheld Form Factor
Cardioid Polar Pattern for Stage & Home Use
Built-In 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Easy-to-Use Controls, Minimal Powering Required
Broadcast-Quality Audio Capture
Hosa Technology Mini Male to Mini Male Cable (5')
This Hosa Mini Male to Mini Male Cable is a general purpose 5' long audio connection cable with mini (3.5mm) male plugs at both ends.
Polsen HPC-A30-MK2 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones
The HPC-A30-MK2 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones from Polsen offer a solution for experiencing rich and natural sound when listening to music through a mobile device or monitoring a podcast on your computer. These headphones can also be used for DJ work, thanks to the swiveling earcups that let you monitor audio while keeping one ear free.
The HPC-A30-MK2's over-ear design isolates the sound and prevents leakage for optimum listening conditions in loud environments, such as a club or on the go. The 10' cable also gives you the freedom to move around while working and terminates in a 1/8" TRS stereo plug, which is compatible with most mobile devices and computers. In addition, a stereo 1/4" adapter is included to plug into a stereo or mixing board.